Over the years I have been asked many times at pony club lessons to “check your girth”. I was told that my girth was too loose and needed to be tightened. This would often be followed by an instructor hiking up the girth on my horse. I once heard an instructor reference a members horses girth was so loose “you can fit sandwiches in there”. Learning about horses at a young age, you will always look to your instructor and professional for guidance and help. So naturally I always assumed that a girth have to “very tight” in order to be secure in my saddle. I completed my undergraduate dissertation in the field of girthing and was enlightened by what research was out there.

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